We are starting off 2019 with more focused customer service in tasting experiences and wine club! Cristy Mehringer, DTC Sales Manager, and Holly Gillmore, Wine Concierge, are our newest team members to join the Cima Circle, ensuring our customers are always #1. Meet Cristy & Holly …
How did you first get into wine?
CM: As a conference services manager, I learned wine was a great way to enhance the guest experience. I took a Wine Appreciation course and learned there’s a whole lot more to wine than just the flavors. The complexities of wine and grapes intrigue me.
HG: I appreciated the expansive world of wine, it seemed to be an endless rambling of fascinating information. I loved how my favorite wines paired wonderfully with my favorite foods. The process of making wine is so interesting—especially how any given grape varietal can taste extremely different from one region to the next based on the terroir, winemaking style and environment.
What is your favorite Cima Collina wine?
CM: Right now, I am in love with the Petit Verdot! But the Tempranillo is a close second.
HG: Hilltop Ranch Pinot Noir; 2013 vintage in particular right now.
What would people be surprised to know about you?
CM: We have about 25 family members and friends help us build sandcastles at the Carmel Sandcastle contest each year. We have three golden shovels (the highest award) that hang proudly in our living room.
HG: I used to be a volunteer DJ for USF- and played mostly Heavy Metal!
White, red or rosé? Favorite varietal?
CM: Red…definitely red. I love a big bold complex wine – I LOVE a big Cabernet Sauvignon.
HG: All of the above for the right occasion. Petit Sirah is my favorite varietal, however.
What do you think is the biggest misconception about wine?
CM: The whole “wine snob” idea drives me crazy! If you enjoy a bottle of wine – awesome! ALL that matters is if you like it. Nothing else, including price, doesn’t matter.
If you weren’t in Monterey County, which wine region lures you to wine taste and why?
HG: Being from Napa Valley originally, I’d go back there. My palate is very familiar with that region and is still by far one of my favorite wine regions in the world. Rhone and Bordeaux regions of France being close seconds.